Education State Consultation In Geelong

The Andrews Labor Government is committed to making Victoria the Education State, and all Victorians now have the opportunity to share their ideas on the future of our education system.

The Minister for Education, James Merlino, visited BioLAB at Belmont High School last night to speak with Geelong students and hear their exciting ideas on how we can build the Education State.

Students and staff from many of Geelong’s primary and secondary schools joined representatives from Deakin University, The Gordon and local community organisations to discuss their plans and what it could look like for Geelong.

So far, the Education State consultation has had:

  • more than 6000 website visits;
  • more than 300 online contributions;
  • more than 1000 downloads of the Consultation Paper; and
  • more than 2000 direct engagements with Victorians.

Three additional consultation sessions are being run in Geelong this week – with local businesses (Tuesday), early childhood educators (Wednesday) and school-based staff (Thursday).

To register for one of the local sessions, participate in the online discussions or find out more about hosting a conversation, visit

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“We’re investing more than $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed.”

“Labor has secured $180 million for programs that will help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out.”

“I encourage everyone to get involved in the consultation and have your say on how we can make Victoria the Education State.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens

“We want to hear from people in Geelong– tell us about your hopes for education, the challenges you face and ideas for our education system.”

“We’re making sure that every child, student and adult learner in Geelong gets a great education and the promise of a bright future.”

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